Backpacking South East Asia: Untouched Myanmar
As we walked the long bridge connecting Mae Sot in Thailand to Myawaddy in Myanmar, the change of scenery was so stark, it was impossible to miss: the roads were narrower, the streets dustier, the cars poorer, the way of life lazier. ...
Being a country that has so recently opened its borders so recently, there can be a frustrating lack of information about the land border crossings. So when we did cross over into Myanmar from the Mae Sot-Myawaddy check post, we were feeling particularly triumphant about it all going through so smoothly. ... Until we found out that the single-lane highway that connects Myawaddy to the rest of the country runs in opposite directions on subsequent days: odd days East and even days West. Effectively reducing your chances of getting out on the same day by a dramatic 50%! It was something we hadn't even remotely conceived of, and we paid for our lack of creative imagination by having to be stuck in a dusty, sleepy border town with nothing to do for a whole day. Lesson learnt.